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Final day of State Visit to Germany

On the final day of the State Visit to Germany, His Majesty The King gave the opening address at an energy seminar, and opened a new power plant in Düsseldorf. Her Majesty The Queen visited the Red Dot Design Museum and the Norwegian-German Youth Forum in Essen.


The King and Queen arrived in Düsseldorf Wednesday morning, and were greeted by the President of Nordrhein-Westfalen, His Excellency Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers and Mrs Rüttgers, followed by a formal luncheon and talks.

Energy Seminar

At 3 pm, His Majesty gave the opening address at a seminar on energy and climate issues, “Sustainability of future energy supply”, at the Rheinterrassen conference centre. The conference represented a joint effort between the embassy, Innovation Norway and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The Ministry of Education and Research conducted a parallel seminar on climate and polar research, in cooperation with the Research Council of Norway.

A new gas power plant

Later in the afternoon, King Harald opened the new Statkraft gas power plant in Knapsack, Köln. The power plant will have a capacity of 800 MW and a yearly production of between 4 and 5 TWh. The new plant has been constructed using the best available environmental, security and energy efficiency technology, and CO2 emissions will be only half the size of emissions from coal works.

Red Dot Design Museum

While The King opened the energy seminar, Her Majesty Queen Sonja and Mrs Rüttgers visited the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen. Here they received a guided tour of the exhibition “More than salmon and sausages”.

Germany was one of the first countries to recognize Norway after the dissolution of the union with Sweden in 1905. In 2005 Norway and Germany celebrated 100 years of diplomatic relations, and the exhibition was a part of the commemorative activity. It is one of the largest cultural cooperative efforts undertaken by Germany and Norway, and seeks to illustrate the diversity of German-Norwegian relations over the last hundred years.

Norwegian-German Youth Forum

Later Wednesday afternoon, The Queen visited Norwegian-German Youth Forum. The Forum brings together about 50 Norwegian and 50 German youths aged 16-20 to discuss common issues. The issues this year were climate change, energy and the environment.

The objective of the forum is to create a network for young people, and promote reciprocal interest in the other country’s language and culture. The forum is intended to be an annual event, and will be held in both Norway and Germany.

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